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Posts: 25 8/9/13 2:57 P
Lol I totally hear you, this fits my budget too!
1) Bringing lunches to work 2) bringing a snack from home instead of hitting the vending machine 3) Filling a water bottle at the water fountain instead of buying a soda 4) Mall walking instead of shopping
Welcome back! What do you like so far?
current weight: 197.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,262) Posts: 10,781 7/23/13 11:31 A
I'm in Lauderdale lakes and I would love a walking buddy... I haven't been around in a long long while. but I believe I am back. This fits my budget right now.
current weight: 348.0
Posts: 25 4/20/13 11:06 A
Hi Missilene, I'm in Davie, not too far. Congratulation on the weight loss, that's awesome!
current weight: 197.0
Fitness Minutes: (23,325) Posts: 4,843 4/15/13 8:02 P
I am not new to sparke or to this group. I live in Tamarac and looking for people close bye. I have lost over 96 lbs and m 65 yrs old
Planning on having a more positive outlook out for my life. I thank GOD for my blessings everyday.. Thin is in and Fat is out. . .*´¨ ) ¸.*¨) -:¦:-♥ Always be honest with your friends. I made it to 65 years old. (♥¸.·´ (¸.· ♥.*¸.*¨**´*♥
I don't care if you like me or not. I must focus on weight loss.
Hi Dave, it looks like yes we absolutely could use a co-leader. Thanks for posting about the local runs :)
current weight: 197.0
Posts: 25 4/8/13 3:40 P
Hi, Welcome everyone! I'm been on and off here at SparkPeople for about 8 years, it was great for helping me get from 180 to 155 back then. I let my lifestyle changes lapse, so now I'm back to redo the process. I loved how I felt when i was closer to my goal and look forward to getting back. I'm also looking for a fitness buddy, I'm in Davie.
current weight: 197.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,653) Posts: 109 3/25/13 7:17 P
to the team Dave!
Posts: 325 2/26/13 11:11 A
I thought I'd join my local team and see what's up. I got a notification saying that the leader was absent. I signed up to be a co leader - not sure what's involved, but this could be fun.
51 Days until: Family Trip
Fitness Minutes: (370) Posts: 5 2/8/13 3:50 P
Hello, my name is Samantha. I'm going to be 23 this month. I graduated from college in December with a mathematics degree, but now I'm living with my family until I can find a full time job.
I've done weight watchers and been in Richard Simmon's clubhouse. I want to see if this program helps me more than the others have.
current weight: 228.6
Fitness Minutes: (9,348) Posts: 12 2/4/13 11:07 P
Wake up, South Florida...Lighthouse Point neighbor here ~
current weight: 151.5
Fitness Minutes: (4,653) Posts: 109 10/16/12 1:05 P
to the Team JC! It sounds like you are motivated to be more fit and healthier
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 10/14/12 10:12 A
Hi I just joined Spark today ! Woohoo ready to drop these 40 pounds!! I live in Weston and work in Fort Lauderdale. I believe in group motivation so I am looking for exercise partners to join my exercise group. I am open to parks, communities etc. I am tired of paying for gym memberships and never going!
Cheers to a new healthier and fitter Me whether I lose the 40 or not as long as I am eating right and exercising that works for me!! JC
Fitness Minutes: (85) Posts: 2 8/17/12 8:22 A
Good morning, I moved here from Philly Suburbs approximately a year ago. It's so funny that we didn't have to pack up and go on vacation to MD this summer to be near the ocean... Bingo that saved us quite a bit of money. I believe I'm still adjusting to my new wonderful life but I am grateful to live in sunny southern Florida!!!
Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars Cecelia Ahern
current weight: 196.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,653) Posts: 109 8/11/12 6:51 P
Hello to my new neighbors! I am a new resident of the Fort Lauderdale area and am currently living in Davie but not new to Sparkpeople. It's been over 3 years since I was last on Sparkpeople when I was living in New York. I had a different mindset my first time around which was only to lose weight and could not keep up with the program even though I lost 15lbs with this vesile. On top of that I never really utilized the sites ability to reach out and connect with people. The dagger for me last time was that I worked a hectic schedule and was suffering from work shift disorder where I work days, nights and overnights. Now my goal is to be both fit and overall healthier. I still work days and nights but now I enjoy my overnights rest. It's worth the pay cut I took coming down for my health for the exact same line of work. I look forward on making progress for my overall health and from time to time keeping up with my new neighbors on working together on achieving our health and fitness goals.
Posts: 367 1/16/12 1:18 A
Hello Neighbors! I juast started SparkPeople 2 weeks ago but haven't really started any fitness program or nutrition plan yet. I bought the SparkPeople Cookbook in hopes that I will start to cook again. I am not motivated and like to binge eat. I need to lose at least 75 lbs. I'm 188.8 lbs as of this morning & only 5'1" tall. I used to be real thin all my life. I'm taking medication that causes weight gain. Not much I can do about that. I'm really glad to find members living right here in Fort Lauderdale. It's inspiring. So, thanks for being here & speak to you all very soon.
current weight: 67.0 over
Posts: 154 12/29/11 11:38 P
Hi! I'm a 32-year-old Hollywood resident. I joined awhile back but just started really using the site today. I've been 'trying' to lose weight for several years, but being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in October really gave me a wake-up call! I've changed my diet and lost 13 pounds since then and hope to keep it going. I'm a walker - planning to be a walker/jogger as soon as my fever goes away or Monday, whichever comes first :) I'd really like to meet other people in the area so we can motivate each other!
"Constant dripping hollows out a stone." -Lucretius
current weight: 173.5
Fitness Minutes: (876) Posts: 7 11/15/11 3:49 P
Hi! Another Plantation resident here... I am a 30-something, full-time working mom of 3 (4 if you count my oldest - the husband) girl who like to have fun. Sadly, fun used to equal food. Eventually, I woke up and realized I was eaten by a 250 lb. woman! Imagine the shock! So here I am... Doing an Atkins-style approach to dieting along with long walks around the soccer fields, grand times with my Wii and Kinect and doing some meditation and stretching to clear my mind before my hectic day begins!
I'd love to meet others with the same goals in the area... All I seem to see are the fit runners around the neighborhood. Eventually I will get there, but right now I am seeking a buddy or ten to motivate me. A little friendly competition never hurt nobody! LOL.
Have a wonderful day!
current weight: 225.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,348) Posts: 12 7/15/11 11:26 P
Greetings All, I just joined and am excited to meet everyone! I live in Lighthouse Point and am working toward my goal of losing 30 pounds by developing healthy habits, such as diet and exercise. Still learning my way around here, but looks to be a great adventure. It's time!
current weight: 151.5
Posts: 68 6/26/11 10:23 P
Hi I am not new to Sparkpeople either just moved back to Florida (Plantation) last week with my girls.
Would love a buddy for motivation purposes as well as friendship.
I am 51 years old and have had alot of personal crap in my life which caused me to stress eat. Its time to take charge of my life, get a job and lose this weight. I have about 21 pounds to lose.
current weight: 129.5
Posts: 68 6/26/11 10:18 P
Hi Juli, My name is Gail (51) and I just moved back to Florida to the Plantation area. Would love a fitness buddy.
current weight: 129.5
Posts: 21 6/14/11 8:46 P
I live in pompano beach fort lauderdale, close to atlantic and federal. I am looking for a fitness buddy. Please message me if you are interested. I have 30 pounds left to lose.
Fitness Minutes: (160) Posts: 37 5/12/11 9:52 P
Hi all - I'm a returning return member (I've joined and rejoined Spark so many times I can't count). I'm back and hopefully this time it's to stay. I don't remember if I was ever part of this group before, but I'd like to be now.
My name is Juli - I'm 44, live in the Sunrise area with my DBF and 4 crazy kitties. I'm currently pursuing my master's in Forensic Accounting (I'll be done this fall). Ultimately, I need to lose half my body weight (about 130), but my first major goal is to lose 10% - that is what my current ticker reflects.
Look forward to getting to know you all.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison
I'm Jessen, I live in west broward (Sunrise/Tamarac/Plantation area), and am looking to shed about 110lbs for an overall goal. Looking for any local buddies that I can chat with as well www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CHECKERE D-09
current weight: 357.0
Posts: 13 3/3/11 7:30 A
Hi everyone! I am 57 yrs old and fighting the weight loss battle for more years than I care to count. I live in the northside of Plantation Acres and I am looking for a weight loss buddy near by.
"Welcome to Holland"
current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 8 2/23/11 4:03 P
Hey I just wanted to mention that I have a personal trainer friend who wants to do some training with me a couple times per month at CENTRAL PARK in Plantation. I'm thinking about doing it but I'd LOVE to meet someone who will join me. He only charges $30 per one-hour session. Cash money, no signing anything. Just one friend to another. (But he is a CERTIFIED personal trainer from the gym I attend.) If you live in the area and would like to try it then send me an inbox.
Posts: 3 2/21/11 9:37 A
Live in west Broward and enjoy being active and traveling. The only thing holding me back is the weight. I'm trying to have fun while enjoying this crazy journey and look forward to working with this team.
current weight: 288.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 8 2/19/11 11:55 P
Hey there everyone! Wow I never knew about this website until I read about it recently in Shape Magazine. I like it! I live in Plantation also. I really hope to meet some of you. I've lost 65 lbs and now my husband is joining me on this crazy ride! I recently added strength training to my regime at the gym but I'd also like to add more outdoor activities. If anyone has any ideas I am up for trying new things. We just bought mountain bikes and would like to hit the trails at Markham Park soon. I also LOVE going walking at the park. Central Park is awesome!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 2/16/11 2:16 P
I live in East Fort Lauderdale and just joined this site. I'm doing weight watchers with the girls at work and learning how to eat proper portions. I do yoga and walk and would like to add back in weight training.
If there's anyone out there that needs a workout buddy, I'm your girl! I am determined to change my life for good and lose 20 lbs.
Posts: 339 2/13/11 11:41 A
Hi everyone - I've been on Sparkpeople for a few years now but really got serious with my fitness and weight last March (2010). Since then I've lost around 20 lbs and done P90 and P90 masters programs. I started P90x but floundered and failed when the holidays rolled around. I've started back on Feb 7th with a great group of Sparkers and we've been motivating each other during this round.
I hadn't noticed this group before - I live in the Sunrise area and would love to communicate with other Sparkers in the area.
current weight: 185.6
Fitness Minutes: (8,109) Posts: 1,002 1/23/11 6:46 P
I am not new to SP but I am new to South Florida but yet not all that new. We have been here since July but I still feel new. I did really good when we first came out here but since about October things have gone down hill. I am trying to again motivate myself. I too live in the Plantation area. Anyway, I look forward to getting to know everyone.
current weight: 124.4
Posts: 1,446 1/16/11 10:51 P
Welcome BEEVEE824 and SYVIATOBY! We're glad to have you here. Please let us know if you have any questions about the site (or anything in general). There are a lot of great tools here...make sure you check everything out!
Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 2 1/13/11 7:11 P
Would love to join your team as I really don't know anyone with the same health goal as I have.....I live in Boca and hope to meet other team members....Fort Lauderdale and surrounding are not all that far away, in fact I am 5 min away from Coconut Creek.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 1/2/11 5:34 P
Hi 2 everyone here... I'm here for support & motivation to help me become a healthier me.. I love walking but had to stop due to a knee injury. I started doing water aerobics and have seen greater than great improvement. Got a few pounds to shake off.
Posts: 1,446 1/1/11 4:18 P
Welcome AWJEEZ511 and PETERMCKIRDY! So glad you've joined us! Which half marathon are you doing Peter?
Hi all. I live in Cooper City and like to run and bike for fitness. I'm looking for training buddy(ies) for my first half-marathon in March. 40 year old male with 3 kids.
Pounds lost: 5.5
Posts: 43 12/30/10 9:51 A
I have been a quiet SP member for a little while now. I lost almost 100 pounds but still have another 20 that I want to lose. I live in Ft Lauderdale, have two kids and need some friendly motivation to get back on my weight loss track.
I look forward to getting to know you all. K
current weight: 163.0
Posts: 1,446 12/3/10 10:04 P
Hi Charlotte! We're glad you've found us. We're a pretty quiet group but we're here if you need us. If you're close to Central Park, I know that's a pretty good place for walking in Plantation. You can try posting a topic in the general forum to look for walking buddies in your specific area of Broward as well, you might get some hits.
Fitness Minutes: (205) Posts: 1 12/3/10 1:42 P
Hi Everyone! I'm Charlotte and I'm new to South Florida and Sparkpeople. I moved to Ft Lauderdale 6 weeks ago to be with my boyfriend of a year. We have both put on a few pounds in the last few weeks and started the South Beach Diet last Sunday. It's going great but a friend recommended this site and I've really enjoyed it. Especially the food counter! I'm still looking for a job and that has taken up a lot of time. I do enjoy physical activity but haven't quiet gotten into the groove of living in South Florida yet and haven't found my workout niche. I like the idea of mall walking but would love to find some one or people who walk/jog outside in the Plantation area. Let me know if there are any groups.
Fitness Minutes: (15,184) Posts: 709 10/4/10 3:25 P
Hello! I'm Dawn -- new to Ft. Lauderdale area (actually Pembroke Pines) but not new to Sparkpeople. I joined in October 2007 and reached my goal weight of losing 55 lbs. by July of 2008. BUT, I've since gained all but 13 lbs. back.
I just moved to South Florida in May after living in Virginia. I have three kids: a son, 21, living in VA, and two daughters ages 9 and 7. I'm a military wife, so that's why we're here. My husband works in Miami.
Looking to lose the weight again and be as healthy as I was two years ago. I'd also love to be able to wear all of those size 8 - 12 clothes that are waiting for me in the large tote in my garage! LOL
Don't worry about the people in your past; There's a reason they didn't make it to your future. ---Annonymous
You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb it himself. -- Andrew Carnegie
current weight: 184.2
Posts: 1,446 9/27/10 6:26 P
Welcome Melinda! It does make it harder when there are lots of things you just can't eat...I know there are many others on SP who are in the same position, hopefully you'll be able to pick up some ideas and tips from them. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Fitness Minutes: (10) Posts: 2 9/27/10 11:26 A
Hello, My name is Melinda Lohmann and I'm 37 years old and i was born and raised in fort lauderdale/ hollywood fl. I am a newbie here and I have struggled with my weight all my life, i was about 8 years old when i started my first diet. After spending so many years dieting, with so many yo-yo results i decided to stop dieting and to change my lifestyle and eating habits to healthy ones. Then i got tested and found out that i am allegric to a lot of the healthy foods that i have been told to eat (spinach, sweet potatos, green teas...and many more). So now i am attempting to find a healthy way of eating that i can maintain, lose weight with and not cause allergic reactions. It is difficult but i know that i can do it.
current weight: 253.0
Posts: 1,446 8/19/10 11:10 P
Hi there Belinda, welcome to Spark Fort Lauderdale! That happened to a lot of us, letting things get away from us so you're definitely not alone! Let us know if you have any questions or need support!
Hello, my name is Belinda and I'm 29. I'm originally from the Caribbean and lived in NY for some time. Over the years, life has gotten the better of me and I've lost track of the healthy habits I used to have. So I've begun to take the road to healthy living to welcome in the big 30. I spend most of my time in school- working on my Master's degree....graduating at the end of the year. It is definitely a big step for me and I'm glad I have somewhere to find support. Thanks in advance!
Pounds lost: 5.6
Posts: 1,446 7/29/10 9:01 A
Welcome to Spark Fort Lauderdale Karen! We're really glad you're here...just let us know if you have any questions.
Hello All... My name is Karen Bosek, I am 48 and I also am a NEWBEE to spark people, I was born in Detroit MI and have lived in Fort Lauderdale since1980'. I am also looking to meet new friends as well as give support to those who need a hug/ or a smile.. I have this big ole belly that makes me look like I am 6 monts preg. and it has to go and GO NOW! I am looking for a partner or many to help me. thanks bunches, karen. firstname.lastname@example.org
current weight: 145.0
Posts: 1,446 7/20/10 11:05 A
Hi Marielle, and welcome back! We all have setbacks at one point or another, the important thing is getting back on track like you have. Congrats on the half and full marathons! I've completed 3 halfs and will hopefully be doing my first full in January. As far as a training group for a tri, you may want to check out Team in Training to see if they have something closer to you-they have training for running, walking, cycling and tri's while raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and they actually have a bunch of free informational meetings this month all over South Florida. You can check out their website at www.teamintraining.org
Fitness Minutes: (2,298) Posts: 152 7/20/10 12:27 A
Hi, my name is Marielle, I'm 26, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and moved back here after college. I've had weight issues my entire life, fluctuating 30 pounds up & down over the past few years. Joined SparkPeople in 2008 & utilized various tools on the site (ie-- SparkRecipes, Fitness Tracker, articles, etc.), but just fully embraced the 4-stage program in March. Was doing really until a back injury sidelined me at the end of May. Recently I started back at Fast Break again and I've been doing really well. SparkPeople is a part of my daily life, and I look forward to keeping it that. Also half way through The Spark and loving it! In 2008 I finished a marathon and have completed a half in 2009 and this year. I would like to train for a 2011 triathlon but haven't been able to find a training group in Fort Lauderdale (just Weston). Any info is appreciated! Or if you would like to train together or know of anyone who's looking for a partner, let me know! (PS-- I'm pretty slow / out of shape, but am always determined to finish a training session / race if I commit to starting)
"Can't start a fire without a spark" - Bruce Springsteen
current weight: 192.6
Posts: 1,446 7/16/10 9:30 A
Welcome Nicholette! People can be mean and hurtful...I'm sorry you had to be subjected to that. We're very glad you are here though, and please let us know if you have any questions or need guidance.
Hello everyone! My name is Nicholette, and ive been heavy all of my life. Always made fun of by people, called names; fat, fatass, huge, fatty, etc.... even nicknamed Bowser from mario. :( It seems like ill never be able to shed off the weight, im always snacking when im bored, eating junk food, drinking a lot of soda, and recently ive gotten into the habit of eating late which is a really bad thing that needs to stop ASAP. Im looking forward to losing the weight now, and already people are making me very happy and confident about doing so. :) Thanks for accepting me into this group!
current weight: 280.0
Posts: 1,446 6/13/10 2:27 P
Hi again Jeremiah! Glad your motivation has kicked into high gear!
Hello all! My name is Jeremiah. This isn't my first SparkPeople page, but on Memorial Day, I woke up a new person so I decided to start over fresh. I have a new fire and motivation to lose the weight I need to become healthy. I have been working very hard on a new blog. I am going to include the link. Please feel free to check it out and if you like it please follow along. iamgoingtoloseitnow.blogspot.com/
Good afternoon! My name is Laurie and I am "starting" over. I have gradually gained back 10 lbs that I lost, over the past 7 months. I am looking to lose a total of 20 lbs within the next 4 months. I am an beginner exerciser. But I am going today to sign up to try out this new gym near my place. My boyfriend is going to try it out as well with me. He is going to be my weight-loss buddy throughout this. He is wanting to drop weight as well and tone up.
Today is the beginning of my journey. I am really looking forward to feeling better about myself and feeling better in general.
I need to focus on one day at a time. Staying present and being grateful for the amazing life I have.
current weight: 138.0
Posts: 1,446 6/8/10 11:01 P
Welcome NORAFEM! Yes, this site really is a fantastic resource. Make sure you check out all the different areas and let us know if you have any questions. If I lived out east I'd join you on your walks...unfortunately I'm on the opposite end, right before the Everglades LOL. I know there are plenty of others on our team who are out your way though, hopefully some of them will chime in.
Hi there, so happy to see wonderful people here! I live by the beach, walk between Sunrise/Oakland and would love to have a buddy to walk any day. This is my first post/day and wish that this way of facing my overweight/inactivity challenge will work for me! It looks like is excellent for so many of you....thanks
Posts: 1,446 5/25/10 12:51 P
Welcome Tavia! We're glad you've found us...please let us know if you have any questions!
Hi, My name is Tavia, I am 30 with no kids but a wonderful American Staffordshire Terrier names Pinkie. I live in Ft. Lauderdale. I recently joined sparkpeople. I enjoy working out with buddies. If you need a workout buddy thats me.
P.H.A.T (Pretty Hot and Tempting)
Pounds lost: 16.0
Posts: 1,446 4/27/10 10:21 P
Welcome Amber! We're glad you've found us. Let us know if you have any questions!
Currently in Columbus, Ohio. Lived in Plantation, FL from 2003-2006 and planning on moving back this fall. Thought I'd join and get to know you all before I get there.
I'm 26 and a mommy of two. Trying to get back into school to finish my RN degree. Also trying to drop a lot of weight. At least 150lbs! Moving back to Florida is perfect motivation. I LOVE the beach!
"My life tomorrow will be the result of my attitude and the choices I make today."
current weight: 297.0
Posts: 1,446 4/19/10 9:57 P
Katelyn, I'm in Weston as well (over by Town Center). I run/walk Mon/Thurs/Sat, go to Bally's over in Davie Tues/Fri and Wed/Sun are my rest days (although I try to get on my Wii Fit those days). I've been taking a break the last two weeks (only one run/walk day for a 10K I did) as I'm kinda burned out-did 2 5Ks, 1 10K and 2 half marathons in 2 months time. Trying to get back into the swing of things this week, although DH being home this week makes it difficult-he's normally on the road for work so I can usually do my exercise schedule MY way.
Hi AUDLYNN, welcome to Spark Fort Lauderdale! Let us know if you have any questions or need help, we're always glad to help out!
Hello from Sunrise, Florida. 2nd day with spark. Hoping to get the accountability I need to lose @20 pounds.
Posts: 55 4/13/10 11:36 P
Hey! Just wanted to know if anyone here is in the Weston area and is looking for a buddy. :)
"And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back."
Pounds lost: 42.0
Posts: 8 3/20/10 3:17 P
Thank you Cara, I may take you up on that at some point. Have a great weekend everyone! It sure is a beautiful day to be outside.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Posts: 1,446 3/20/10 1:25 P
Welcome Nancy! We're glad you're here...and you're right, this site is great! You'll find lots of great resources, and we're always here to answer any questions you may have. Let us know if you need anything!
My name is Nancy and I am new to Sparkpeople. In fact, today is day 2. :) So far I think this is a wonderful site to assist me in my journey.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Posts: 1,446 3/17/10 7:07 P
Welcome NEWSTARTMOMMY! I'm out here in Weston too, right next to Town Center. Anything you have questions on, just let us know. I know out here in Weston there are plenty of places to walk/run/bike...sidewalks and bike lanes blanket the town plus we have a whole bunch of parks too.
i joined sp a few weeks ago but just found this team today. i am hoping to connect with some of my fellow weston'ers here for some support and tips! thanks!
Be positive. Stay motivated. Keep moving.
And I'm definitely going to keep eating :)
Pounds lost: 5.0
Posts: 1,446 3/1/10 9:05 P
Welcome Kristin! Spark is a really great site and has tons of information. Make sure you check out all the great fitness videos, they are a great way to get started---many of them are really short, like 10 minutes so are easy to fit in to your day.
I am Kristin, I live in Fort Lauderdale and have an AMAZING 5 1/2 month old son. I was on babyfit while I was pregnant, but decided to join Spark a few months ago and have done nothing, so I am hoping if I will start to become active and fit back in to all my pregnancy clothing!!!
Posts: 1,446 2/25/10 11:00 P
Hi and welcome to Spark Fort Lauderdale! Let us know if you have any questions, I know there is a LOT of stuff all over the site to explore!
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